Alteri’s Bakery to soon make Italian bread again

Updated: Oct. 18, 2019 at 2:12 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Alteri's Bakery bread will soon be baking again. Mark Alteri says the Italian bread made for decades with his family's recipe hasn't been around for a while.

Now, he's working with two partners to open a new shop. And, he says the bakery will be the center of the business.

It has been over a decade since Alteri family sold their Watertown bakery.

Mark Alteri says people have missed the Italian bread they used to make.

"It hasn't been made in a long time. So, it's just living on the memories," he said.

But soon, the bread will be back. Alteri is working with Michael Schepis and Stephen Winkler on a shop called Alteri's Italian American Market.

While the market is named after Alteri, he says the venture will bring together four Italian bakeries from the city's history.

“My great grandfather started Spaziani’s. My parents bought Romeo’s Bakery and turned it into Alteri’s Bakery. And one of my partners, Mike Schepis’ uncle started Tauroney’s Bakery,” said Alteri.

The three partners have been working with Watertown Savings Bank and the Watertown Local Development Corporation for funding.

The hope is this will jumpstart new jobs in the area.

"They're projecting to have three employees the first year, and depending on how things go, an additional three the following years," said Watertown Local Development Corporation CEO Don Rutherford. "People know Mark Alteri, Mike Schepis, and Steve Winkler. So, that is a big thing going in their favor."

For Alteri, the market lets him to keep a family tradition alive.

"It allows me to continue what my great-grandfather started, what my grandfather had done, what my parents had done," said Alteri.

Alteri's Italian American Market will be located in the old Renzi's Old Fashioned Meat Market at 948 Bradley Street.

They will sell meats, cheeses, and produce along with their Italian bread.

Alteri says the three hope to be open by December.

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